Model Citizens: Notable Medal of Freedom Recipients

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  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom duke ellington
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom bb king
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom leontyne price
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom aretha franklin
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom ella fitzgerald
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom muhammad ali
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom jesse owens
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom jackie robinson
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom jesse jackson
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom colin powell
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom toni morrison
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom sidney poitier
  • 052512 national presidential medal freedom maya angelou
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Leontyne Price

The opera singer, whose powerful soprano in her performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore in 1961 wowed audiences at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City (she was also the first African-American to open a season at the historic theatre), was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965.

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